XL Standard

American Bully XL Standard



Medium in length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, and high set ears.


Ears- Natural or cropped


Eyes- All colors except albinism. Eye shape is oval to slightly roundish, low down in skull and set far apart.


Muzzle- Short-Medium blocky upper side or slightly squared to fall away abruptly below eyes.


Jaws- well defined.
Under jaw- to be strong.


Lips- semi close and even, some looseness accepted (more so with the XL variety) but not preferred.
Upper Teeth- to meet tightly outside lower teeth in form or scissor bite accepted
Nose- all colors acceptable


Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulder to back of skull. (some looseness of skin is accepted with the XL variety) Compact to medium size should have minimal or no loose skin.


Strong and muscular with blade being wide and set wide, with good angulation, well laid back


Fairly short to medium back, slight sloping from withers to rump or straight accepted with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. (slightly higher rears accepted for XL variety) but not desired in the compact medium size.


Well-sprung ribs, deep in rear and all ribs close together
Forelegs- set rather wide apart to permit chest development
Chest- should be deep and broad


Short to medium in comparison to size, low set, tapering to a fine point, generally in an ideal dog when gently pulled down on, the tip of the tail will meet at the point of the hock, when relaxed tail should resemble a pump handle. (water pump)

Kinks and Knots- are faults however accepted in the show ring but not preferred


Front legs- straight from legs, large or round bones, pastern upright are preferred
Feet- slight turning outwards is accepted as long as feet do not measures a 45 degree, should be of moderate size, well arched and compact
Hindquarters- well muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in nor out (slight turns accepted in the XL variety), good sweep in the stifle, medium angulation, where the point of the rear feet lines up vertically with the point of the butt.


Short, close, stiff to the touch and glossy


All colors and patterns are permissible except merle


Dogs should be healthy and should NOT reach the point where it is considered obese. Height and weight should be in proportion of the body frame.
Height-Females are over 18″ at withers; Males are over 19″ at withers
Weight- There is no particular weight for the breed


Should be effortless and powerful. The action must, however, be unrestrained, free and vigorous with powerful drive off the rear. These dogs are single trackers, when in motion they converge to the center line. Some lumbering and paddling accepted.


Faults to be penalized but not disqualifications for showing are:
Kinked Tail
Knotted Tail
Twisted tail
Long tail
Curled tail
Overly Short tail
Pink or Albino eyes
Undershot mouth
Overshot mouth
Severe turn fronts
Severe turn to rears


Displaying or possessing aggressive behavior towards humans

cryptorchidism-undescended testicle

Dogs that have been spayed or neutered


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